F1 world plays tribute to Jules Bianchi at Hungarian Grand Prix
Published 26/07/2015 | 13:47
The Formula One world united in tribute to Jules Bianchi with a one-minute silence ahead of Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.
The drivers, joined by members of the Bianchi family, linked arms at the front of the grid to pay their respects to the Frenchman who died nine months after his devastating crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The F1 grid, mourning the first death of their generation, laid down their crash helmets in the centre of an emotional huddle as the Hungarian national anthem played out.
Bianchi, whose death was announced last Friday, never regained consciousness from his harrowing collision with a recovery vehicle in the rain-lashed race at Suzuka on October 5.
The 25-year-old was laid to rest in his home city of Nice in France on Tuesday. His parents, Philippe and Christine and brother Tom arrived in the paddock shortly before midday local time. Philippe and Tom were both wearing white polo shirts with "JB #17" on the front and back.
The FIA announced on Monday that the number 17, Bianchi's race number, will be retired from the sport in his tribute.
Bianchi's death, the first in Formula One since Ayrton Senna was killed at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, has cast a long shadow over the sport.
The paddock has paid its respects to Bianchi, a member of the Ferrari academy and a highly-rated driver who was expected to race for the famous Italian team later in his career.
All of the drivers, most of whom attended his funeral on Tuesday, have sported stickers reading ''Ciao Jules'' or "JB 17" on their crash helmets. Lewis Hamilton has "#FlyHighJules" on his lid.